Loy Krathong Chiang Mai Adventure
Day 1: Sunday, November 10, 2019
Our guide and driver will meet you at the airport or hotel. This is the start of your Loy Krathong Chiang Mai Adventure. The nationwide Loy Krathong Festival is one of the most popular and colourful festivals in Chiang Mai. Today is the first day of the Loy Krathong festival in Chiang Mai. It is the day of the lantern festival aka Yee Peng.
Wat Prathat Doi Suthep
Drive to Doi Suthep/Doi Pui national park by car. Visit Wat Prathat Doi Suthep, the most famous temple of Chiang Mai. Walk up the 300 steps to the temple. Views from the temple over Chiang Mai are spectacular. Your guide will explain the history of this temple. Return to Chiang Mai to check into your hotel with the rest of the afternoon at leisure.
Your guide will meet you at the hotel in 1730. He will escort you to the Three King’s Monument and join the festivities. There will be traditional dancing performances. This evening you will have to be flexible with your dinnertime. Your guide will recommend you one of our favourite restaurants. We will drop you off at your hotel.
Overnight booked on own.
Day 2: Monday, November 11, 2019
Meals: Lunch and Dinner
Today is the Loy Krathong day. It is full moon.
Wiang Kum Kam, the Underground City
We transfer you to Ban Khanomtom in Saraphi, a district about 12 km south of Chiang Mai. Here your bikes will be waiting for you. While you enjoy a refreshment we will brief you on the upcoming tour. We will start with a tour through the village before we cycle through a beautiful area of fruit trees to the McKean Rehabilitation Centre. This used to be a leprosy colony and is now dedicated to the help of disadvantaged and needy people. We cycle over the McKean compound and admire the centuries-old trees.
From here we make our way to Wiang Kum Kam, the “underground city”. Wiang Kum Kam was an influential city in the 13th century but was finally abandoned because of continuous flooding. The Fine Arts Department started excavating and restoring the ruins in the mid 80’s and it’s delightful to visit them. We will visit some of the ‘hidden’ ruins of Wiang Kum Kam such as Wat Ku Padom and Wat Hua Nong, our favourite site.
By this time of day, it will start to become hot. We will have lunch at The Wiang Kum Kam before we ride our bikes beautiful Chedi Liam where our car is waiting to bring you back to Chiang Mai.
Afternoon free at leisure.
Sky Lanterns at Wat Doi Ti
The afternoon is free at leisure. Departs hotel at 15.00 and transfer on own to the meeting point at the Old Chiang Mai Cultural Center. After registration, you will be transferred to Wat Doi Ti, just south of Lamphun (about 35 km from Chiang Mai). Here you will witness a mass sky lantern release. Wat Doi Ti has an eye-catching giant statue of Kruba Srivichai, the most revered monk of North Thailand.
At the foot of the temple, there will be a local market, known to Thais as “Kad Mua”. Enjoy just walking around on this market before a traditional Thai dinner will be served. During your dinner, you will enjoy Thai dances. Then the ceremonial part will start. After monk’s blessing and short meditation, the lanterns will be released. Release your lanterns. This video gives an impression of the event you will be part of. We have reserved tickets in Zone A for you.
At around 2100 board the shuttle bus that will take you back to Old Chiang Mai. From there, you can take a local taxi (on own) back to the hotel.
Overnight booked on own.
Day 3: Tuesday, November 12, 2019
We will pick you up from your hotel for an early departure for your Doi Inthanon Adventure. Doi Inthanon was declared a national park in 1972. It is the highest mountain of Thailand (2,565 m). The park boasts the greatest diversity of forest types and bird species found in any single park in the country and has many beautiful waterfalls. We will drive up to the summit of Doi Inthanon before we embark on the beautiful Kew Mae Pan Nature Trail, close to the summit. It is a fantastic forest walk with great views. You will be accompanied by a local guide of the Hmong tribe.
Lunch will be at a local restaurant. After lunch, we will drive up to the summit of the mountain where there is a small shrine and a visitor centre. After this, we will visit the two chedis, that were built to honour the 60th birthday anniversary of King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1987, and the 60th birthday anniversary of Queen Sirikit in 1992, respectively. On the way back to Chiang Mai we will visit the Vachirathan waterfall and the Mae Klang waterfall. Along the way, we will stop at the Hmong market where products from the Royal Project are for sale. The Royal Project (1969) is a non-profit organisation founded by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej to solve the problems of deforestation, poverty and opium production by promoting alternative crops in Thailand. Drive back to Chiang Mai. We will drop you off at your hotel.
Parade of the Krathongs
It is the third and last evening of the Loy Krathong Festival. Join the festivities along the Ping River. Usually, there is a parade this evening. You can float your krathong on the river and release more sky lanterns if you want.
Transfer back to the hotel on your own.
Day 4: Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Free morning. Checkout time is noon. It’s the end of your Sky Lanterns of Loy Krathong.
We will transfer you to the airport for your onward flight.
End of the program